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The Picton Monument

A Grade II Listed Building in Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire

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Latitude: 51.8552 / 51°51'18"N

Longitude: -4.3207 / 4°19'14"W

OS Eastings: 240270

OS Northings: 219951

OS Grid: SN402199

Mapcode National: GBR DF.TBY4

Mapcode Global: VH3LH.2M5M

Entry Name: The Picton Monument

Listing Date: 19 May 1981

Last Amended: 28 November 2003

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 9503

Building Class: Commemorative

Location: Situated in island in middle of road at top of Picton Terrace.

County: Carmarthenshire

Community: Carmarthen (Caerfyrddin)

Community: Carmarthen

Built-Up Area: Carmarthen

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

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Obelisk memorial of 1847-9 to General Sir Thomas Picton, noted Peninsular War commander, killed at Waterloo in 1815. Picton is buried in St Paul's Cathedral. The obelisk here replaces a large memorial designed in 1824 by John Nash, and built 1825-8, with statue of the general by E.H. Baily and relief carvings unfortunately made of Roman cement which crumbled within a few years and the entire monument was dismantled in 1846. Part of a replacement relief frieze by Baily is in Carmarthen Museum.
The replacement monument was designed by F.E.H.Fowler as a column with statue, but changed to an obelisk with lions around, the lions then omitted to save money, and cannon used instead, since removed. Fowler may not have designed the final obelisk, as J.L. Collard is also named as architect. Truncated as unsafe in later C20 and rebuilt in 1988, part of the original Nash monument was found within the existing structure during dismantling.


Obelisk approximately 25m high in tooled grey limestone on panelled pedestal, inscribed in raised capital letters: 'Picton born August 24 1758 Fell at Waterloo June 18 1815' on 2 sides and the names of his battles on the other 2 sides: Busaco, Badajos, Vittoria, Orthes, Toulouse, and Waterloo. Diagonal plain plinths extend from corners.

Reasons for Listing

Included, notwithstanding reconstruction, as a landmark in distant views of Carmarthen, and for historical interest as a memorial to a renowned Napoleonic War hero.

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